Jo-Anne St. Godard
Executive Director

Recycling Council of Ontario

Jo-Anne St. Godard has served as Executive Director of Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO) since 2001 and her expertise focuses on the development of policies, programs, and practices that advance the circular economy and drive positive environmental outcomes with market-based approaches.

Ms. St. Godard harnesses unique opportunities to facilitate relationships between all actors of supply and value chains that transition environmental imperatives and obligations into opportunity.

She leads several innovative initiatives, including developing circular procurement frameworks and implementation strategies for public buyers, which includes Ontario’s largest municipal governments; establishing a long-term waste reduction plan in partnership with Nashnawbe Aski Nation, which covers 544,000 square kilometres in Northern Ontario; piloting a food waste project that leverages a co-operative model in the commercial sector; and partnering with the Royal Canadian Geographic Society and Walmart Canada to educate Canadians and reduce plastic waste.